Here is a group for us to share accounts of actually seeing Frank himself live..
Ive been lucky to get a chance(More than once) to see Frank perform.
With John Lennon and Yoko Ono as guests on stage.(Do not remember the personell in the band at that time).
With Flow and Eddie: I think June of 71? not sure.
Roxy and Elsewhere tour:
Forgot where and when.
Band members: Ruth Underwood, Chester Thompson, Napolean Murphy Brock, George Duke,Bruce Fowler and Frank.
Not sure if I have the names of the band members correct?
Academy of Music..
Do not remember the band members names that Frank had put together for that tour at the Academy.
And at Central Park.
Do not remember what band he had at that time?
And a few more places in between that I do not recall?
If a Heaven exists? Frank is looking down at Dweezil.
I am sure that he is very proud of him for keeping his musical tradition strong within his family and also for the fans who enjoyed and still enjoy his music.
Excellent musicians in Dweezils band.
Toronto CNE Stadium early 80's he wore panties on his head while he did a guitar solo
they were collecting used panties and other female under clothing to make a quilt
I bought 4 tickets and 2 friends had to cancel I still have the extra tickets
he blew my mind, the band was tight and the entire event for me was magical
never had a second opportunity to see him live though
YES I WAS 8 TIMES IN 1976 and in the 80s
Greetings all - I was lucky enough to see Frank Zappa twice - 12/5/80 at the Berkeley Community Theater (early show) and in Seattle on 10/2/81 at the Seattle Center Arena. The Berkeley show was such a better venue - a nice small venue. Hilarious time when someone who had tossed his coat up on stage early on, later asked Frank if his car keys might be still in the coat - they were not, and Frank reminded him that walking is good for you. I missed seeing Frank in Seattle in 1984 and I kick myself for that every time I ponder how that happened. At both shows that I saw Frank at I went with shipmates from the Coast Guard - a lot of Coasties dug Zappa. What else was there back then? oh, yea, disco. and you know what they say about disco. I still have a slide of the copy machine in the radio room of the ship I was stationed on - we named her 'Charming Mary from Canoga Park' with a embossed Dymo label-strip. because she worked so hard and got so wet during heavy seas.
San Bernardino~~~L.A. & Austin Texas......all amazing shows!
I was lucky enough to see him about 10 times (maybe more) in and around the Los Angeles area. I was at the famous "panty rap" concert at the Santa Monica civic where I attended with a gal on our first date. She must have thought I was wacky ... She kept her underpants on ... but not for long hee hee.
I think the best shows I saw were at the Universal Amphitheater which I believe was around the time of Tinsel Town Rebellion. I remember the setlist included: Ms Pinky (with blow up doll), Black Napkins, Honey don't ya wanna .., City of Tiny Lights, Easy Meat ... It was incredible.
I did manage to see a horrible show at the ... I believe the Hollywood Paladium. I remember the sound ssytem sucked and they didn't play for long. I remember a friend of mine said at the time, "That's the last time I'm gonna see Zappa." It wasn't. All other shows I attended were great!
I have many photos from all the shows. I post them from time to time. I showed a couple to Dweezil and he asked me to contact the vault master for possible use on upcoming FZ releases. My buddy has most of the photos somewhere and he's still looking for them. Dweezil promised me a tour of the vault if I could find them and show them to Gail.
I only saw Frank 3 times:-
1972 at The Oval Cricket Ground - an event entitled 'Rock At The Oval'
1984 at Hammersmith Odeon.
1988 at Birmingham NEC.
Without doubt the 3 best gigs that I've seen.
Yep, 1982, 1984 and 1988 (twice that year, 2 days in a row: blast!)
All shows in that place with the dumbest name for a concrete building: Ahoy, Rotterdam.
1982 from the third ring in the worst seats possible. But, who cares?
1984: much better, arena, in the back.
1988: 1st show 3rd row, in the middle. What can I say? 2nd show 10th row, fabulous show as well.
Boy, how time flies....
Jeffrey...in regards to your question. The band itself was fine...although I honestly have no recollection of Ruth being there. I have no doubt she was there, I just simply can`t recall it. :s I was just never a big Ray White fan....then or more recently with ZPZ. One of my least favorite Zappa lead singers, no doubt.
i'm pretty sure he called me an asshole.